Catanzaro is the capital of the Calabria region in Southern Italy and it has a population of 91 000 inhabitants. It was founded in the middle-ages and its velvet production dates back to the Byzantine times. The city is known as the “City of the two Seas and of wind”, because it is located on the mountains between two seas from which strong breezes come. Developed in an administrative and commercial centre, Catanzaro hosts a very active university and a standout health sector in the area.
The city took part in several projects regarding sustainable urban development, such as the EU AMARE-project, “A Multicultural Approach to Resilience”, which focused on urban security and social inclusion, particularly of non-native communities, and the URBACT2 project on creativity and entrepreneurship of young people. The presence of a young population represents an element of innovation and creativity and Catanzaro is included among the "Creative Cities of Italy".
The city’s sustainable urban development strategy focuses on innovation related to urban regeneration and resilience, multicultural integration, eGovernment and digitization of public services, sustainable mobility, water management and security.